Fifty years in the past, on this present day (November 24, 1972), a black-and-white movie was launched in Sree Padmanabha Theatre in Thiruvananthapuram. The debut movie of director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Swayamvaram, starring Madhu (Viswam) and Sharada (Sita), two mainstream stars of the occasions, is now a basic in India cinema.
To mark the movie’s golden jubilee, filmmaker and cineaste Madhu Eravankara has made a documentary that maps the journey of the director, the film Swayamvaram and the making of the movie. The Journey – Swayamvaram At Fifty might be screened at Ganesham, Thiruvananthapuram, within the presence of the director and Madhu on November 25.
Says Eravankara, “It was to pay homage to the film and its director. Initially, the film did not do well at the cinemas. Although it was ignored for the State film awards, it went on to win four national film awards in 1973, including the awards for the best film and best director for Adoor and the award for the best actress for Sharada. It was re-released and became the talk of the town for its realistic frames, narrative and acting.”
Swayamvaram, now thought of a milestone in Indian and Malayalam cinema, ushered within the New Wave in Malayalam movies. One of many first Malayalam movies to make use of sync sound and out of doors locales, the film noticed Adoor start an extended collaboration with cinematographer Ravi Mankada Varma. The movie marked the debut of the late Bharat Gopi. Adoor Bhavani, KPAC Lalitha and Thikkurishi Sukumaran Nair are additionally within the solid of the movie, written by Adoor and Okay.P. Kumaran.
Eravankara says the documentary, the capturing of which started in July, options Adoor speaking in regards to the film, its construction, and remedy. It additionally has individuals from totally different walks of life explaining the importance of the movie, made seven years after Adoor handed out from the Movie and Tv Institute of India.
“Adoor explains that the film is a journey from a dream to reality. Viswam and Sita are two middle class people who want to live life on their own terms. Swayamvaram explores the Indian middle class dream through the film,” believes Eravankara.
The filmmaker says that in his “video essay”, Adoor opens upon his difficulties on discovering a producer and his disappointment when the movie didn’t do effectively initially.
Sharada and Madhu go down reminiscence lane to recount their expertise of working within the movie. Talking on her expertise of performing within the movie, Sharada recounts how Adoor needed to preserve reminding her to tone down the histrionics.
The primary Malayalam movie to be produced by Chitralekha Cooperative, Adoor spent ₹ 2.5 lakh for the film. “Since the film did not do well during its first release, Adoor had to think of way to repay the loan of ₹1.5 lakh from Film Finance Corporation. However, after the awards, the film did well and the loan could be repaid,” provides Eravanakara.